Mrs. Obama Shines for State of the Union

The First Lady loves Barbara Tfank

By Arlene Borenstein
|  Thursday, Jan 26, 2012  |  Updated 11:13 AM EDT
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First Lady Michelle Obama wears a sapphire blue Barbara Tfank dress at the State of the Union. She also wore Tfank during a visit to Buckingham Palace last Spring.

First Lady Michelle Obama wears a sapphire blue Barbara Tfank dress at the State of the Union. She also wore Tfank during a visit to Buckingham Palace last Spring.

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So what do you wear when your husband’s job is on the line and the State of the Union address can be paralleled to an “elevator speech.” If the answer is "something dazzling," then first lady Michelle Obama did just that.

With a round of applause Mrs. Obama entered the House chamber wearing a sapphire blue dress that shined against the usual (dress or pant) suit. The dress was designed by Los Angeles-based Barbara Tfank, who described it as a “criss-cross bodice cap-sleeved slim dress in silk twill,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Obama has been spotted in Tfank before. At her visit to Buckingham Palace last spring she wore a very feminine, floral-print dress when she met Queen Elizabeth and Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton.

BET.com pulled this snippet from a previous interview with Tfank about what it’s like to style Mrs. Obama:

“I love the way Mrs. Obama wears my designs,” Tfank once told Forbes. “I know she loves flowers and colors. We both share that passion. She also loves full-skirted dresses, which look magnificent on her. Her style is very personal which I love…I love that she represents the reality of how women dress rather than an overly studied look.”

Tfank was previously a costume designer. Her collection can be found on Barneys.com.

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